There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies through direct encounters with original, high-quality works of art. Trips to Chicago, St. Louis, and New York give you the chance to meet with artists and visit museums, galleries, and architectural monuments. Artists who visit campus regularly speak with classes and meet with individual students, often combined with an exhibition of the artist's work.
Knox also offers art students the chance to participate in independent research, off-campus study, and internships, which offer the opportunity to apply your skills in real world situations.
Student Research and Creative Projects
Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate. Many students' projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox College funding programs that together provide students more than $200,000 each year in support of their work. These sources include: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program, and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and through the research grants of Knox faculty make Knox a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. Each year, many art students receive grants to pursue their own creative work during Open Studio, honors projects, and independent studies. Examples of recent research projects include:
Outstanding students may elect to undertake College Honors in their senior year, carrying out an advanced research project presented and defended to a faculty committee that includes a distinguished outside examiner. Examples of recent Honors projects include:
Knox offers you plenty of opportunities to begin exploring the world while still a student. Almost 50% of Knox students participate in off-campus study and consider their studies abroad to be the highlight of their college experiences. Knox offers several off-campus study opportunities, both in the United States and abroad, that provide valuable experiences for students interested in art and art history.
The Art Department also helps place students in summer arts programs to expand and deepen their art education. Among the programs students regularly attend are the Chautauqua Institution in New York and the Yale Norfolk Summer Arts Program in Oxbow, Michigan.
There is no substitute for experiencing art in person, so each year the Art Department hosts exhibits and lectures by four visiting artists. The department believes it's important to represent the breadth of contemporary art, and make art accessible to the Knox and Galesburg communities. Visiting artists frequently participate in critiques with advanced students.
The annual Al Young Art Exhibition awards endowed prizes in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Each year, a significant artist is brought to campus to judge the Al Young competition and to provide individual critiques for the student competitors. Recent judges have included John Walker (Yale University), Judy Koon (School of the Art Institute, Chicago), Stanley Lewis (American University), Bernard Chaet (Yale) and Patti Warashina (University of Washington).
The culminating experience of the Studio Art Major, Open Studio allows seniors to intensively pursue their work in a challenging and supportive creative community. Taken as their only course during winter term, senior art majors immerse themselves in the studio while spending six hours each week in critical exchanges with a team of faculty members. Weekly meetings with a faculty mentor, studio exercises, and workshops all promote the exploration of new ideas, techniques, and creative directions. For many, Open Studio is the pivotal experience in their transformation from students to artists.
As a student of art at Knox, you'll have the opportunity to expand your education -- to get that valuable experience you hear so much about -- by completing an internship. Internships provide an opportunity to explore and test career options, to gain experiences and skills needed to succeed as a professional, to build a resume, to network and make critical connections, and to experience a work environment. More and more employers are looking for college graduates with career-related experience. Knox's Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development specializes in helping you find an internship that best matches your goals and interests. Art students have been involved in a wide range of internships including working with: a New York assistant, art museums and galleries, and children's and community art programs. Recent internships by art students include:
Each fall the Box hosts an annual 10 week artist-in-residence, who produces and exhibits a body of work. Resident artists also mentor advanced students and interact with the Galesburg community. During the fall of 2012 an artist-in-residence will be working with students to create an 80-foot-long mural in downtown Galesburg.
The Art Department's off-campus gallery and studio space, the Box, is located in a refurbished industrial building in downtown Galesburg. With 15-foot ceilings and 2,000 feet of exhibit space, the Box hosts a variety of exhibits and events throughout the year. The Box also serves as a teaching gallery where students install their work to get experience planning and hanging exhibitions. The Box provides studio and installation space for large, experimental, and site-specific works.
Through his music capstone project, Nate Beck -- who has a minor in business and management -- finds that the processes of brand management and music composition have more in common than you'd probably expect.
Baby talk is serious business for senior Megan Beney, a double major in music and anthropology and sociology. Her Honors research focuses on the musical qualities of the ways that people talk to infants.
Leading up to a worldwide event -- Gun Control Theatre Action Week, May 27 through June 2 -- a play by Knox College theatre professor Neil Blackadder is selected for a new collection, "24 Gun Control Plays."